Issued by U.S. Central Command Combined Forces Land Component Commander
A laminated card with the following text was distributed to all U.S. Army and Marine personnel in Iraq.
CFLCC ROE CARD
- On order, enemy military and paramilitary forces are declared hostile and may be attacked subject to the following instructions:
<![if !supportLists]>a) Positive identification (PID) is required prior to engagement. PID is a reasonable certainty that the proposed target is a legitimate military target. If no PID, contact your next higher commander for decision
<![if !supportLists]>b) Do not engage anyone who has surrendered or is out of battle due to sickness or wounds.
<![if !supportLists]>c) Do not target or strike any of the following except in self-defense to protect yourself, your unit, friendly forces, and designated persons or property under your control:
Hospitals, mosques, national monuments, and any other historical and cultural sites.
<![if !supportLists]>d) Do not fire into civilian populated areas or buildings unless the enemy is using them for military purposes or if necessary for your self-defense. Minimize collateral damage.
<![if !supportLists]>e) Do not target enemy infrastructure (public works, commercial communication facilities, dams), Lines of Communication (roads, highways, tunnels, bridges, railways) and Economic Objects (commercial storage facilities, pipelines) unless necessary for self-defense or if ordered by your commander. If you must fire on these objects to engage a hostile force, disable and disrupt but avoid destruction of these objects, if possible.
- The use of force, including deadly force, is authorized to protect the following:
Yourself, your unit, and friendly forces
Enemy Prisoners of War
Civilians from crimes that are likely to cause death or serious bodily harm, such as murder or rape
Designated civilians and/or property, such as personnel of the Red Cross/Crescent, UN, and US/UN supported organizations
<![if !supportLists]>3. Treat all civilians and their property with respect and dignity. Do not seize civilian property, including vehicles, unless you have the permission of a company level commander and you give a receipt to the property’s owner.
- Detain civilians if they interfere with mission accomplishment or if required for self-defense.
- CENTCOM General Order No. 1A remains in effect. Looting and the taking of war trophies are prohibited.
- Attack enemy forces and military targets.
- Spare civilians and civilian property, if possible.
- Conduct yourself with dignity and honor.
- Comply with the Law of War. If you see a violation, report it.
These ROE will remain in effect until your commander orders you to transition to post-hostilities ROE.
AS OF 311330Z JAN 03